Warning: This article contains major spoilers of The Flash's mid-season premiere "Borrowing Problems From The Future."
The shocking midseason finale of The Flash had us all cowering in fear as the evil Savitar plunged his blade through the heart of Iris West. As Barry helplessly watched on, terrified that this possible future might actually come to pass, we couldn't believe that the beloved #TV series would dare to take our star female performer away from us.
However, the series' strong return to form in the midseason premiere "Borrowing Problems From The Future" has solidified the fact that no harm will come to Barry Allen's one true love. Let's take a look at why our favorite intrepid reporter will be sticking around on the show well into the future — a different future than the one Savitar had planned for her.
West-Allen Is Endgame
If you are a fan of Barry and Iris' relationship — affectionately titled "West-Allen" by fans — then the midseason premiere must have felt like Christmas. Barry and Iris spent the majority of the episode not only sharing scenes, but sharing moments — really powerful, tear-inducing moments. And while Barry was busy reassuring Iris that he would protect her, he was in fact reassuring us.
It's no secret that Barry has made his fair share of mistakes during his time as the Flash, but there is no doubt in my mind that he will save Iris from Savitar. As he scrambled to change the future in any minute way, the episode reinforced the fact that these two are destined to be together, as they took many major steps in their relationship.
H.R. gave the pair a fitting tribute when he told us that he had never seen a pair more fitting than Barry and Iris. This tribute was practically the show's way of reinforcing that West-Allen will be together for a very long time.
The future may not be set, but one thing is — certain Barry Allen and Iris West will live out their comic book destiny on screen, Savitar's prophecy will not come true and WestAllen will live happily ever after. And nobody — not even Savitar — can prevent that from happening.
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They Won't Make The Same Mistake As Arrow
The Flash's parent show #Arrow was commended for its incredible storylines and compelling original characters. And everything was going great, until they made a grave error — they killed off the Black Canary. Much like Iris West, Laurel Lance is the Green Arrow's one true love, and while Arrow started off telling their story together, it took a detour that would cost it, big time. After she put up a fight to finally live up to her comic book destiny, the creative team had her killed off in a "who's in the grave" angle that ultimately fell flat.
Arrow has suffered in a huge way since Laurel's death — and rightly so, you don't kill off a beloved comic book character on a comic book show and expect everyone to be okay with it. There was a massive amount of fan backlash, two petitions were started to revive her, the Black Canary was subsequently voted "DC's Best TV Hero" and the show's ratings drastically declined since that episode.
Thus, if there is one good thing to come from Arrow's grave mistake, it's that The Flash won't make it too. Since its inception, The Flash has been critically acclaimed and often receives higher praise than the other #superheroes shows. Due to this, the show won't risk receiving the same amount of backlash that Arrow received by killing off its female lead. Furthermore, as much as I love Felicity, no one should replace Dinah Laurel Lance as Oliver Queen's one true love, and likewise, nobody will replace Iris West as Barry Allen's. Arrow made a grave mistake, but The Flash will not.
With Savitar's haunting prophecy leaving us all shocked over Christmas, The Flash's mid-season return has put us at ease. And the reason for that is that we now know that Barry will do whatever it takes, including altering the timeline — something he happens to be very good at.
The Flash has prided itself on its ability to consistently shock and surprise us, and there's no way that it would end up being so predictable. Iris' death is something that many of us are expecting, but that is the very reason why it won't happen. Iris will survive, and West-Allen will continue to be happy together — and we can only hope that they will continue to be as happy as they were in the midseason premiere.
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